Showing posts with label Kwame Kilpatrick. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kwame Kilpatrick. Show all posts

Dec 3, 2012

Detroit (AP) -- A former chief of staff to ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has filed for bankruptcy in Georgia.

The Detroit News reports Monday that Christine Beatty, who moved to Atlanta in 2010, is facing almost $400,000 in debt.

Beatty's lawyer Jeffrey Morganroth says she didn't want to file for bankruptcy, but was "left with no choice" because of her financial difficulties.

Beatty and the married Kilpatrick both served jail sentences for lying in court about an affair following a text-messaging sex scandal. A federal corruption trial for Kilpatrick is ongoing in Detroit.

According to Beatty's bankruptcy filing in October, she owed $60,000 in delinquent federal taxes, $220,000 in mortgage debt, consumer bills and restitution to Detroit.

Morganroth says paying the restitution, currently estimated at $85,000, is a "high priority."

Feb 3, 2009

Wow!!! I don't know where the time has gone. It feels like ages since I last wrote about Hurricane Kwame. I forgot all about him being locked up. That just goes to show how much he really mattered to me.

Well, it looks like Brother Kwame was released from jail and now he can began working on the next part of his life. Hopefully it doesn't involve text messages or anything else related to texting.

DETROIT – Kwame Kilpatrick regained his freedom early Tuesday morning, emerging from jail after a 99-day sentence and stepping back onto the streets of the city he once ruled as mayor.

The 38-year-old Kilpatrick, about 25 pounds lighter than when he entered jail at the end of October, left the downtown Detroit facility wearing a dark suit just after 12:30 a.m.

On the sidewalk, Kilpatrick stood for a long moment amid bright television camera lights, a crush of awaiting reporters and swirling snowflakes, smiling occasionally to those in the crowd who called his name and shouted: "We love you, Kwame! Detroit loves you, baby!"

Flanked by a number of men, several dressed in fedoras and long coats, Kilpatrick then was rushed to a waiting blue Chevrolet Suburban. The Democrat waved from behind tinted windows as he was whisked away as part of a multi-vehicle caravan.

Kilpatrick made no statements to the media during his release, upon the orders of new defense attorney Willie E. Gary.

"He's not bitter. He said he learned a lot," Gary said during an impromptu sidewalk news conference. "He said this has been an experience he'll never forget, and he thinks because of it he'll be a better person."

It's been more than a year since a text-messaging sex scandal started the long process that ended in Kilpatrick's arrest, plea, jailing and release. Now, the man who quickly rose from a state representative to mayor of a city of 900,000 people simply is looking for work.

Kilpatrick was expected to meet with state probation officials before heading to a job interview Wednesday with an unnamed company at an undisclosed location in Texas. His wife, Carlita, and three young sons, already have left Michigan.

A judge has ordered that he return by Feb. 9.

"The job prospect is very, very, very favorable," Gary told reporters. "We want to make sure he can get, and land, the job. That's his first thing. He wants a job. That's what he is concerned about now. He wants to get with his family, get with his kids so he can start his life again."

The next five years, though, will be spent on probation and paying off the bulk of $1 million in restitution to the city. He also has had his law license revoked.

Wow, I didn't know he had Willie Gary defended him. Man he brought out the big guns. Too bad Johnnie Cochran is no longer here. I don't know why my brothers don't understand that. Johnnie is gone. You need to tighten up. At least the brother is trying to get a job and provide for his wife. I guess that is the one positive thing we can focus on. You know I don't like to constantly kick a person when their down.


Sep 4, 2008

DETROIT - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to a pair of felony obstruction charges on Thursday in a sex-and-misconduct scandal and will step down after months of defiantly holding onto his job.

The plea deal brings to an end a seven-month-long ordeal that led to felony charges against Kilpatrick and plunged the nation's 11th-largest city into political chaos.

As part of the deal, the 38-year-old Democrat is to serve four months in jail and five years of probation. He also will pay $1 million in restitution over the five-year probationary period. (Source)

Aug 8, 2008

I swear when it rains it pours. Hurricane Kwame, the mayor of Detroit, just can't seem to catch a break. After being released from jail he is already being hit with possible felony charges. I was trying my best not to upgrade him to a Category 5 storm, but with news like this I feel I don't have any other choice. Hurricane Kwame is officially being upgraded to a Cat. 5 storm. The definition of Cat. 5 storm on The Savvy Sista is as follows:

Cat. 5 Storm - One that leaves complete and utter destruction of everything it comes into contact with. A notable Cat. 5 Hurricanes is Hurricane Bob (Johnson). Hurricane Jesse (Jackson) is still teetering at a Cat. 3/Cat. 4.

Kwame fits this criteria just based on the sheer magnitude of destruction he has left in his wake ever since he became mayor of Detroit.

Continue reading to learn about Detroit's mayor latest legal woes.

DETROIT - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is getting out of jail but now faces assault charges for allegedly interfering with a detective trying to deliver a subpoena to his friend.

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced Friday he’ll be bringing charges of assaulting or obstructing a police officer.

The mayor already faces perjury and misconduct charges stemming from his testimony in a civil trial last year. (Source)

Aug 7, 2008

It looks like Hurricane Kwame is going to jail (for a day). This brother just can't seem to keep out of trouble. Can someone please explain to me why hasn't he stepped down yet? I just don't get it. He almost caused his mother to lose her seat in Congress.

DETROIT, Michigan (AP) -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will spend the night in jail after a judge ruled he violated the terms of his bond in his perjury case by making a business trip to Canada and not informing the court.

Judge Ronald Giles ordered Kilpatrick to jail Thursday, a decision the judge said he would have made for any "John Six-Pack" defendant before him.

The mayor made an unauthorized trip to Canada last month, leading the county prosecutor's office to request Kilpatrick be punished and triggering the judge's ruling.

Only minutes earlier, the mayor offered an apology to the court, telling Giles that for seven months, "I've been living in an incredible state of pressure and scrutiny."

But Giles sent the mayor to jail anyway, telling him he would have given any defendant the same treatment.

"What matters to me though is how the court overall is perceived and how if it was not Kwame Kilpatrick sitting in that seat, if it was John Six-Pack sitting in that seat, what would I do? And that answer is simple," he said. (Source)

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Apr 20, 2008

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says God is punishing him for his "disobedience."

The mayor addressed a crowd Saturday at Fellowship Chapel Church in Detroit. He and his former chief of staff face perjury and other charges stemming from their testimony during a whistle-blower trial last year.

Kilpatrick told the crowd: "I'm not being whupped by the devil; I am being punished by my God. I know that my disobedience put me in the situation I am in."

His address was part of a Detroit Manpower Movement event aimed at getting more black men involved in volunteer efforts.

Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty denied having a romantic relationship, but excerpts of text messages contradict their testimony. (Source)

Mar 25, 2008

Things just seem to keep getting worse for the 'Hip-Hop Mayor' of Detroit. Kwame Kilpatrick became the first sitting Detroit mayor to face criminal charges --- eight felony counts.

Although he is facing some stiff charges, the mayor has vowed that he will not resigned. He said that he expected "full and complete vindication" of the charges.

Kilpatrick along with his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, were both arraigned today. They each were released on personal bonds of $75,000, and preliminary examinations for each were set for June 9.

During Beatty's arraignment, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Moran raised a question about whether her lawyer, Mayer Morganroth of Southfield, has a conflict of interest because he also represents Kilpatrick and the city in a lawsuit over the death of stripper Tamara Greene, who was rumored to have danced at a rumored wild party at Manoogian mansion.

Where it all began

The charges stem from a Free Press investigation that showed Kilpatrick and Beatty lied last summer in a police whistle-blower trial when they denied having a sexual relationship, and gave misleading testimony about the firing of Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown.

On Jan. 23, the newspaper published excerpts from nearly 14,000 text messages from 2002 and 2003 that contradicted the pair's testimony. The text messages were sent and received on Beatty's paging device, which was leased by the city and paid for with city funds.

Monday afternoon, Kilpatrick and Beatty, arriving in separate vehicles, turned themselves in at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Westland to be booked on the charges. They were fingerprinted, their mug shots taken, and then released. The news media were kept far away. Both are expected back today for arraignment in Detroit's 36th District Court.

The charges against Kilpatrick are conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice, two counts of misconduct in office and four counts of perjury. Beatty faces seven similar charges.

Perjury, the most serious, is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The conspiracy, obstruction and misconduct in office charges each carry penalties of up to 5 years in prison upon conviction. (Source)

Do you think Kwame Kilpatrick should resigned?

Mar 24, 2008

Boy, when it rains it pours, but in the case of Kwame Kilpatrick it seems to be a monsoon. CNN is reporting that the mayor and a former aide are being charged with perury and obstruction of justice.

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and an ex-aide have been charged with perjury and obstruction of justice after prosecutors said sexually explicit text messages between the two contradicted their sworn court testimony.

Kilpatrick, who is married, has been snarled in a well-publicized sex scandal since January after The Detroit Free Press reported he exchanged romantic text messages with his then-chief of staff, Christine Beatty.

The paper reported in January that in an analysis of nearly 14,000 text messages on Beatty's city-issued pager, it found some from 2002 and 2003 that indicated the two were having a romantic affair.

The newspaper report contradicted testimony Kilpatrick gave last August in a court case brought by police officers against the mayor and the city of Detroit alleging the mayor retaliated against the officers for their role in investigating his office. Critics alleged that Kilpatrick committed perjury in the case and called for his resignation.

In testimony during that case, Kilpatrick and Beatty both denied having a romantic relationship. Beatty resigned as Kilpatrick's chief of staff on January 28.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy said she charged Kilpatrick and Beatty with multiple counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office in a 12-count indictment. The most serious charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Worthy also said others may be charged in the case. She asked Kilpatrick and Beatty to turn themselves in by Tuesday morning. (Source)

Jan 31, 2008

Is it just me or is this a little reminiscent of Kobe Bryant and Vanessa. And why when I was watching this video I kept hearing Timbaland's It's Too Late to Apologize playing in my head. Maybe it's just me...

My heart really goes out to Carlita. I pray that sista keep her head up and stay strong.

Jan 30, 2008

*Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick named a new chief of staff Tuesday, a day after the woman who previously held the post resigned amid allegations that she and the mayor lied under oath about an affair.

Kandia Milton, who has served as deputy chief of staff and liaison to Detroit's City Council, was appointed to Christine Beatty's job, Kilpatrick announced in a written statement released Tuesday.

In a letter to Kilpatrick that was released by his office on Monday, Beatty said she could no longer effectively carry out her duties.

A prosecutor launched an investigation last week into the allegations, which surfaced when the Detroit Free Press detailed sexally-tinged text messages between Kilpatrick and Beatty. (Source)

The mayor is also set to address 'Text-gate' tonight.

In Other News:

- Rudy Giuliani is said to be endorsing John McCain

- The Aborigines finally get and apology from Australia Maybe black folks will get an apology for slavery...Nevermind.

Jan 24, 2008

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick exchanged romantic text messages with a top aide, contradicting their denials in court that they had romantic ties, a newspaper reported.

The county prosecutor's office declined to comment on the legal implications of the report, posted Wednesday on the Detroit Free Press' Web site. A conviction of lying under oath can bring up to 15 years' imprisonment.

Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty testified last summer in a police whistle-blower lawsuit and denied any sexual or romantic ties in 2002 and 2003. But the Free Press said it examined about 14,000 text messages on Beatty's city-issued pager from those years and found many examples of such ties.

Kilpatrick is married, and Beatty was married at the time.

"I'm madly in love with you," Kilpatrick wrote on Oct. 3, 2002.

"I hope you feel that way for a long time," Beatty replied. "In case you haven't noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!"

On Oct. 16, 2002, Kilpatrick wrote Beatty: "I've been dreaming all day about having you all to myself for 3 days. Relaxing, laughing, talking, sleeping and making love."

In his testimony last summer, at one point Kilpatrick expressed anger about claims of an affair between him and Beatty.

"I think it was pretty demoralizing to her — you have to know her — but it's demoralizing to me as well," the mayor said. "My mother is a congresswoman. There have always been strong women around me. My aunt is a state legislator. I think it's absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore.

"I think it's disrespectful not just to Christine Beatty but to women who do a professional job that they do every single day. And it's also disrespectful to their families as well."

Kilpatrick issued a statement Wednesday night saying the messages "reflect a very difficult period in my personal life."

"It is profoundly embarrassing to have these extremely private messages now displayed in such a public manner," he said. "My wife and I worked our way through these intensely personal issues years ago. I would now ask that the public and the media respect the privacy of my wife and children and of Christine Beatty and her children at this deeply painful moment for our families."

The Free Press did not explain exactly how it obtained the text messages but said it was outside a lawsuit it filed to get all records related to the settlement the city reached with two former police officers.

The newspaper said it cross-referenced the text messages with the mayor's private calendar and credit card records from that period to verify events in some messages.

When asked whether the Wayne County prosecutor's office would open an investigation, spokeswoman Maria Miller said: "We have not received anything from anyone. Other than that, we have no comment."

A county jury awarded $6.5 million to the two officers in the lawsuit against the city and Kilpatrick. The jury said Kilpatrick and the city unlawfully dismissed two officers, who claimed they suffered after investigating allegations of wrongdoing within Kilpatrick's security unit.

The events happened in Kilpatrick's first four-year term. He was elected to a second term in November 2005. (Source)

Some of the text messages between Kwame and Christine are being revealed.

October 3, 2002

KK: I'm madly in love with you
CB: "I hope you feel that way for a long time. In case you haven't noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!

April 8, 2003
Beatty: "And, did you miss me, sexually?"
Kilpatrick: "Hell yeah! You couldn't tell. I want some more." (Source)